Wednesday, March 13, 2013

CFP: The Third Triennial Academic Conference at the Festival of Cartoon Art (Jul. 1; Nov. 14-15)

The Third Triennial Academic Conference
at the Festival of Cartoon Art
 November 14-15, 2013

Beginning in 2007, the triennial Festival of Cartoon Art at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University added a one-day academic conference ahead of the weekend’s festivities. This year, 2013, the Billy Ireland will be hosting a special Festival to celebrate the Grand Opening of its glorious new home with a weekend of speakers, events and exhibitions. In honor of this momentous occasion, the academic conference this year will be a two-day event on Thursday and Friday, November 14th and 15th, leading up to the kickoff of the official opening festivities on Friday evening.

In honor of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, we will be organizing sessions focusing on some of the strengths and special features of the Library’s unparalleled collection. Toward this end we are inviting academic papers in comics studies, with a special interest in papers focusing on topics that connect with the Library’s collections and mission. (For information on the resources and collections at the Library, visit: Some potential topics might include:
  • 18th- and 19th-Century Cartoon art
  • Editorial cartoons
  • Newspaper Comic Strips
  • Minicomics
  • Underground Comics
  • Walt Kelly and Pogo 
  • Charles Schulz and Peanuts
  • Will Eisner
  • Jeff Smith and Bone
We will also be celebrating the ongoing partnerships between the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the pre-con’s co-sponsors, Project Narrative, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Popular Culture Studies. Toward that end, we are also soliciting papers on:
  • Graphic Narrative & Narrative Theory
  • Comics and Contemporary Art
  • Comics and Popular Culture
And last, but certainly not least, to honor the Billy Ireland’s teaching mission as part of Ohio State University, we are soliciting papers on “Teaching with Comics.”

Finally, we are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the academic pre-conference will be the one and only Henry Jenkins!

To be considered for the panels, please send a 250-500 word abstract and a one-page vita to The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2013.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:
Project Narrative:
The Wexner Center for the Arts:
Popular Culture Studies @ OSU:

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CFP: The Graphic 19th Century / MLA 2014 (March 15)

CFP (final call and reminder)
The Graphic 19th Century
MLA 2014; deadline 3/15/13

Call for Papers for a panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 9-12 Jan. 2014, in Chicago. Sponsored by the MLA Division on Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

The explosion of print media in the 19th century has become a critical commonplace; the impact of photographic images on the period been studied extensively. We invite submissions that take up the combination of word and image, as in The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck (1842), widely considered the first graphic novel published in the United States, and graphic work popularized in periodicals from Harper’s Weekly to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Abstracts by Mar. 15 to Augusta Rohrbach ( and Hillary Chute (

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